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Capt. John Uhr II of Rockport, Texas passed away Thursday, December 30, 2010. He was born in El Paso, Texas on Jan 2, 1962 and developed a love for the outdoors the minute he met it. He was known to many as "Little John", "Johnny Bastante", "Johnny Longhorn", "Hot Johnny" and...well...with countless friends around the world...there are most likely more names not listed here. His humorous personality and love for life lead him in to the hearts of just about anybody that ever met him. He was just a few days shy of 49 years on this earth when he passed and often spoke of what a wonderful life he'd had. He was happy fishing and hunting, so that's exactly what he did his entire life. He was most well known for his passion for sportfishing. He began chasing marlin around the world at a very early age and competed in countless national and international tournaments for most of his life. He was recognized as one of the top-ranking professional boat captains in the world throughout the sportfishing community. Among the list of boats he captained are "La Cosa Real", "Bastante", "Chupacabra" and most recently, "Seay Goddess". Along with many tournament wins and other great fishing accomplishments, he was also inducted to the Texas Maritime Museum's Wall of Fame. He could catch just about anything that swam, whether it be a speckled trout in the bays of his hometown or a giant marlin in seas far and wide. When he wasn't fishing, he was hunting. He grew up spending his time away from boats at his family ranch in Beeville, Texas and also traveled the world enjoying as much time in the woods as he could before returning to the high seas in search of the "big one" year after year. His wife, Cindy shared the same love and passion for the outdoors and was often by his side on his many adventures. He was truly "the outdoorsman's outdoorsman" and lived his life doing what he loved. He was considered a "living legend" by some and countless stories shared by family and friends will surely be handed down through many generations. He was definitely "one of a kind" and will live on in the hearts of so many who knew and loved him forever. John was preceded in death by mother, Mary Clare, Stepmother, Patricia and brother, Bill. He is survived by his wife, Cindy and their son, Jackson of Rockport; his father John Uhr (Nelda), brother Mark Uhr (Ann) of Rockport; mother and father-in-law Audrey and Bob Brunelle of Windsor, Canada. A Memorial Service is planned for Tuesday, January 4 at 10:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church, 704 Cornwall Rockport. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the
or to a charity of your choice.
Arrangements Entrusted to:
Charlie Marshall Funeral Homes & Crematory, Inc.
814 E. Main
Rockport, Texas 78382
Published in Express-News on Jan. 1, 2011